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Dr Patrick Milton

Dr Patrick  Milton

Patrick Milton is a postdoctoral research fellow at Peterhouse as part of the Westphalia for the Middle East project. His research interests include the history of intervention for the protection of foreign subjects in early modern central Europe, the political and constitutional history of the Holy Roman Empire, early modern international relations, and the long-term impact of the Peace of Westphalia with a particular emphasis on its mutual guarantee. At the Forum on Geopolitics, he is a Research Affiliate of the ‘A Westphalia for the Middle East’ Laboratory for World Construction, which seeks to draw lessons from the treaties of Westphalia (1648) for a new peace settlement for the Middle East. He was previously a visiting fellow at the Leibniz-Institute of European History, Mainz. He holds a PhD and a BA in History from the University of Cambridge, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick. His work has been awarded the 2013 German History Society/Royal Historical Society Postgraduate Essay Prize.


Key Publications

  • ‘Debates on intervention against religious persecution in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: European reactions to the Tumult of Thorn, 1724-1726’, forthcoming in European History Quarterly, vol. 47, no. 3 (July, 2017).
  • [with Brendan Simms and Michael Axworthy] ‘Ein Westfälischer Friede für Nahost’, in Die Zeit, no. 20/2017, 11 May 2017.
  • [with Michael Axworthy] ‘The Myth of Westphalia’, Foreign Affairs, 22 Dec. 2016:
  • [with Michael Axworthy] ‘A Westphalian Peace for the Middle East’, Foreign Affairs, 10 Oct. 2016: Co-authored with Michael Axworthy.
  • ‘The early eighteenth-century German confessional crisis: the juridification of religious conflict in the re-confessionalised politics of the Holy Roman Empire’, Central European History, vol. 49, no. 1 (March, 2016), pp. 39-68.
  • [With Brendan Simms and Michael Axworthy] ‘Ending the new Thirty Years War’, New Statesman, 21 January 2016, pp. 22-26:
  • ‘Imperial law versus geopolitical interest: the Reichshofrat and the protection of smaller states in the Holy Roman Empire under Charles VI (1711-40)’, The English Historical Review, vol. 130, no. 545 (August, 2015), pp. 831-864.
  • ‘Intervening against tyrannical rule in the Holy Roman Empire during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries’, German History, vol. 33, no. 1 (March, 2015), pp. 1-29.